Raider Red Makes Semifinals in Mascot Challenge

Final four includes a bull, a bird and a Spartan.

Capital One 2013

Raider Red, Texas Tech University’s costumed public relations mascot and reigning National Mascot of the Year, has made it to the final four in the playoff rounds of the Capital One 2013 Mascot Challenge.

Week two of the playoffs finds Red seeded No. 3 and competing against second-seed Sparty of Michigan State University. Raider Red bested Smokey from the University of Tennessee in the quarter finals. The playoffs are a single-elimination vote with only two rounds remaining.

Red’s three regular-season losses came in week one against East Carolina’s PeeDee the Pirate, week three versus South Florida’s Rocky the Bull and week 10 against Wisconsin’s Bucky Badger.

This week’s 25-point challenge is “What is your mascot’s playoff superstition?” For 100 points, voters can upload a video or photograph supporting Red with a playoff beard. Each upload also must use the #CapitalOneRaiderRed hashtag.

Fans also can follow Raider Red on and Twitter @TTURaiderRed.

The mascot with the most votes at the end of the championship round will be the Capital One National Mascot of the Year and will be announced during the 2014 Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2014. The winner will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to help fund its school’s mascot program. Each of the 2013 participants also will receive $5,000 for their university mascot program.


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Saddle Tramps

The Saddle Tramps was organized in the Fall of 1936 by Head Cheerleader Arch Lamb. The group was conceived to help channel the student body's sometimes overly exuberant and unruly nature into more positive and productive activities.

Saddle Tramps attend all mens home football, basketball and baseball games. The primary focus remains to further the spirit and uphold the traditions of Texas Tech University. Some of the traditions that maintain are: Raider Red, wrapping of Will Rogers and Midnight Raiders, Homecoming Bonfire and Parade, bell circles, Victory Bells, shotguns, UT/A&M Watch, Carol of Lights, Bangin Bertha and many more.